People are so concerned with showing their love on Valentine's Day that they often forget to capture it instead. Photography is a proven method for freezing time and securing momentous memories on rectangular sheets of gloss. With a spacious, state-of-the-art photo studio built on two acres of photogenic land, Christopher Norris Photographers is home to four expert photographers with more than 30 years of picture-taking experience each. Commemorate the visible love you share with another, your family, and your infant cousin's newly sprouted third row of teeth, or record a new set of headshots to replace the ones you glued inside all the magazines in your local bookshop.
Elegant Ice Creations’s certified master carver Aaron Costic, the National Ice Carving Association's 2011 tour champion, employs 22 years of experience as he chisels custom ice sculptures and luges for a variety of occasions. Sculptures are carved from 300-pound blocks ($200–$275) into seasonal shapes, wedding designs, or company logos as well as custom drink-holding luges perfect for distributing ice-cold beverages at rowdy parties. Sculptures can be illuminated with the customer's choice of white, blue, green, red, violet, or color-changing LED lights. Talented teams of frost technicians deliver and set up icy artworks with lighting and a drip pan, which collects leftover water so it can be thrown into the air to water thirsty clouds.
In 1965, Popular Mechanics ran a small classified ad for Brookstone, a new catalog company that packed its pages with functional products and detail-oriented descriptions. Brookstone quickly expanded to meet the high demand for its collection of “hard-to-find tools,” and opened the door to its first retail location in 1973. Today, Brookstone’s more than 300 nationwide retail locations allow customers to test-drive its ever-growing lineup of interesting products, which range from Bluetooth-enabled massage chairs to power adapters designed for international travelers and their electronic passports. Staying true to its roots as a catalog company, Brookstone houses an even larger selection of products, each waiting patiently to be shipped, on its website.
Many seasons have passed in the 50 years since Larmco Windows and Siding’s founding, but the company’s licensed, bonded, and insured craftsmen have yet to see a weather pattern that outlasts their protective windows and vinyl siding. Innovations such as energy-saving glass panes have helped Larmco’s staffers stay ahead of the curve as they continue to add to their number of 250,000 windows installed. Their insulated vinyl siding also reduces energy costs, trapping warmth inside on cold days and keeping out the heat that radiates from the home’s lava moat during the summer. They also insulate attics and install walk-in tubs that reduce the likelihood of bathing injuries.
Frameworks brings custom aesthetic closure to unframed artwork and peddles already framed photography, lithographs, posters, and more. The prices of custom-framed pieces can fluctuate based on specific customer requests, but a 16”x20” framed double matt with glass or mounted poster or print generally costs around $45. The same treatment can be applied to 24”x36” prints ($59) and 32”x40” Ghostbusters II posters ($75). For former athletes looking to commemorate a career or owners of an untrammeled Michael Jordan jersey, Frameworks can lock a jersey away in a double-matted 32”x40” frame ($125; frames available in larger sizes). This Groupon is also good for pre-framed pieces on Frameworks’ website, so be sure to browse its collection before making any set-in-wood commitments.